Ill or drunk? UEFA probes Scotland’s missed women’s U-19 game

Scottish team cited an illness for not playing against Serbia on Monday in Albania in a match that would decide the Group 4 winner.

By: AP | Nyon | Published:September 22, 2016 7:22 pm
football_reuters-m UEFA could award Serbia a 3-0 win by forfeit. (Source: Express/ File)

UEFA has charged Scotland’s football federation for “refusal to play” a women’s Under-19 European Championship qualifying match amid conflicting reports that players were sick or hung over.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case next Wednesday.

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The Scottish team cited an illness for not playing against Serbia on Monday in Albania in a match that would decide the Group 4 winner.

Scotland’s federation cited “acute gastroenteritis that affected nine players from the squad and eight members of the backroom staff.”

Serbian media reportedly claimed that players were affected by drinking to celebrate a win against Albania, which Scotland beat 11-0 five days earlier.

Competition rules say a team refusing to play “loses all rights to payments from UEFA.”

UEFA could award Serbia a 3-0 win by forfeit.